music Private Lessons
CSMA offers weekly private lessons of 30, 45 or 60 minutes in classical, jazz, popular and world music styles for children and adults. Partner lessons may also be available for beginning level students.
Start off your child's music instruction the right way - at CSMA!
Parents of Private Lesson students can join us on the dates listed above for an information session and refreshments. Learn about all of our many wonderful music school programs. Mary Holmes, Music School Director, & staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions!
Private lessons are offered in:
- Accordion* (Ages 10-Adult)
- Bass* (Ages 9-Adult; upright & electric)
- Baritone (Ages 10-Adult)
- Bassoon (Ages 10-Adult)
- Cello (Ages 5-Adult)
- Clarinet* (Ages 8-Adult)
- Composition (Ages 7-Adult)
- Drums* (Ages 7-Adult)
- Flute* (Ages 8-Adult)
- French Horn* (Ages 10-Adult)
- Guitar* (Ages 8-Adult; acoustic & electric)
- Oboe (Ages 9-Adult)
- Percussion* (Ages 7-Adult)
- Piano* (Ages 4-Adult)
- Recorder/Suzuki Recorder (Ages 4-Adult)
- Saxophone* (Ages 10-Adult)
- Suzuki Violin (Ages 4-Adult)
- Theory/Aural Training (Ages 7-Adult)
- Trombone (Ages 9-Adult)
- Trumpet (Ages 5-Adult)
- Vibraphone* (Ages 9-Adult)
- Viola (Ages 7-Adult)
- Violin (Ages 5-Adult)
- Voice* (Ages 10-Adult)
*Specialized Jazz Instruction Offered
- Private lesson students may enroll without extra cost in ONE Music Core Curriculum Class each semester (except summer), providing students additional with additional training in musicianship, composition, music theory and ensemble. For info about Core Curriculum Classes, contact Coordinator, Finn Center Music Instruction, at 650/917-6800, ext 304, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To broaden each student’s musical experience, Workshop Weeks (offered Fall & Spring) feature a series of special workshop sessions, faculty performances and student ensemble events facilitated by CSMA faculty. Past weeks have included workshops such as: Recital Preparation, Juggling, Music History, and Composing Your Own Music. CSMA private lesson students may participate in multiple workshops.
- End-of-semester recitals provide an invaluable opportunity for students to give a formal presentation and to gain confidence in front of an audience. Click on this link to view the current semester’s recital schedule. All student recitals are free and open to the public.
Free Concerts & Events
- CSMA encourages students to attend CSMA's free concerts and events, which present diverse musical styles and outstanding artists. See our Arts & Entertainment Calendar.
Additional Opportunities for Private Lesson Students
CSMA hosts and prepares students for the practical and theory examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), an international organization that operates music examinations in over 90 countries every year. Faculty select students for whom the ABRSM curriculum and performance challenge provide appropriate motivation and reward. Over 350 students from throughout Silicon Valley come to CSMA twice a year to perform for the ABRSM examiner who travels from London.
Last year, of the 100+ CSMA students who took either the ABRSM Practical (includes performance and aural training) or Theory Exams, 100% passed. The world-wide exam pass rate is approximately 87%. Most CSMA students taking the exams annually pass with Distinction or Merit. For more information about ABRSM, see our catalog.
Merit Scholarships are awarded to students (grade school through high school) who have shown a high level of commitment, talent and achievement in their CSMA studies and who are ready to develop the additional skills necessary to become high-level performers, including:
- Training in stage presence and etiquette
- Working and performing in ensembles with other Merit Scholars
- Learning how to rehearse effectively
- Building a performance portfolio
These skills are built through ensemble coaching sessions with CSMA faculty, special workshops for Merit Scholars and, most importantly, performances at high-profile events, both on- and off-site.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship, students must be nominated by a faculty member. Students only become eligible for nomination after one year of continuous CSMA private lessons (or 18 months, if absent during summer). Each year, CSMA awards approximately 50 Merit Scholarships, with competitive auditions before a panel of judges held annually in the spring. Merit Scholarship students and their families are regarded as the ambassadors of the CSMA Music School and are role models for all of our music students and their families.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition includes $15 non-refundable semester registration fee per instrument per student.
Spring 2013 (Sat, Jan 26 - Sat, June 15)
19 wks (18 lessons + 1 workshop week)
Summer 2013 (Thu, Jun 27 - Thu, Aug 8)
NOTE: Tuition is higher for study with faculty designated as Distinguished Teachers. For more information about these teachers, meet our faculty. Call us at 650.917.6800 for rates.
Scholarship & Financial Aid
See description above.
In keeping with CSMA’S commitment to supporting Arts 4 All, our Financial Aid Program offers tuition assistance and/or work-study opportunities to qualified students. For info on how to apply, go to CSMA’s financial aid page or call the Student Services Staff, 650.917.6800, ext. 0.